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news on the bear area at 6:00. we'll see you then. lt by u.s. warplanes intensifies. a defiant gadhafi warns of a crusader war and vows to fight back. crusader war and vows to fight back. tonight, what is the endgame? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, everyone. the pentagon tonight says the allied assault on libya's military has inflicted heavy damage on moammar gadhafi's forces and grounded his combat planes. that assault, which we now know is being led by american warplanes, including long-range stealth bombers, has targeted both libya's air defenses and ground troops in an effort to halt gadhafi's attacks on anti-government rebels. but coalition officials insist gadhafi himself is not a target. tonight, as anti-aircraft fire lit up the skies over tripoli, libya's military command order claimed again it wasrding its units to observe is i cease-fire, a claim western forces are skeptical of. we begin tonight with jim miklaszewski. jim? >> reporter: lester, there's only been one full day of american and coalition air strikes against libya, but senior u.s. m
launched by the u.s. and other countries. president obama again making the case for why the u.s. went in, but how does it end? >>> in japan, the disaster deepens with new problems at the nuclear plant. there are new fears about food safety and an american family has received the worst possible news about their daughter. our teams are on the ground. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. in addition to two wars on two other fronts, the united states military tonight is engaged against libya. the attacks are in the form of air strikes. 32 of them in just the last 24 hours. about half now being carried out by u.s. aircraft. and there have been 136 cruise missiles launched. only eight of them by british armed forces. the rest launched by the u.s. they have hit targets up and down the libyan coastline, mostly aimed at libyan defenses, so the coalition aircraft can begin enforcing that no-fly zone over a larger portion of the country. the united states says moammar gadhafi is not a target personally, but president obama says the u.s. acted in
of libya. >>> on the border. a rare look at the daily game of cat and mouse that the u.s. is fighting against drug smugglers. >>> "america at the crossroads." tonight why america's losing some of the best and brightest and how to keep them here. >>> and tired of it all. alarming news about a problem that impairs our economy, our health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the president of the united states is now on record. the longtime libyan leader needs to leave and change must now come to libya. this is how the president put it at the white house today. >> let me just be very unambiguous about this. colonel gadhafi needs to step down from power and leave. that is good for his country. it is good for his people. it's the right thing to do. >> of course, that brings us to the question about how to do that, how to finish what the libyan uprising has started. there's growing support for a so-called no-fly zone, but the defense secretary continues t
, fighting on the ground and western attacks from the air, and we talk to the u.s. general in charge. >>> under control. a new breed of air traffic controllers taking over with fresh questions about safety still in the air. >>> and hanging tough. brave new worries about the crippled nuclear plant, but we find survivors of the japanese disaster giving everyone a lesson in resilience. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in tonight for brian williams. for a seventh straight day the u.s. and its allies bombarded targets in libya, still trying to break the back of moammar gadhafi's assault on rebel-held cities. the u.s. for its part says it's prepared to take a back seat, but exactly what the ultimate goal is and even who's in charge of this operation are still somewhat ill defined tonight. nato says it plans to take full command, but is still seeking consensus on a military strategy. in a moment we'll hear from the general in charge of u.s. forces there, but first to the ground where rebels are taking their own fight
>>> on the broadcast tonight, closing in on gadhafi. there's talk of u.s. military options against him. and now for hordes of people, now's the time to get out of there. >>> a collision course in wisconsin with time running out. tonight, is there a deal to end the standoff? >>> america at the crossroads. all week long our reports here on america's changing economy. tonight, are we keeping up in the search for the next big thing? >>> and the winner is -- the good, the bad and the ugly at this year's oscars. and the amazing story behind the man behind the best picture. and the amazing story behind the man behind the best picture. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the situation in libya is now a lot more serious where the u.s. is concerned. u.s. navy ships are being readied for a number of possible options here including possibly enforcing a no-fly zone. moammar gadhafi spoke again today on two television networks an interview the u.s. immediately called delusional. all this time the forces against him are closing in. we begin t
>>> on the broadcast tonight, who's in charge? is the u.s. about to hand over control of the attack on libya? and tonight what may be the next nation to go in that region. >>> changing face. a major milestone tonight for a growing group of americans. >>> asleep in the tower. two jets needing to land in washington can't raise an air traffic controller, and now we know why. >>> and making a difference, for the struggling people of japan. nbc news with americans on a mission to provide critical relief. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it has turned into a big military effort, bombs and cruise missiles have been raining down on libya, and it could get even bigger and the stakes are high. it's been a mostly u.s. run air campaign thus far, but tonight a change is coming. a hand-over to nato for the supervision of this strike. even though the pentagon warned libya today, quote, we will continue to hit you, the u.s. is anxious to shift some of this to somebody else. and just as there have been new and loud explosions in tripoli this
indoors. the u.s. government says its residents within 50 miles should leave. >> we think it's a prudent measure to follow the evacuation based on how we would handle a situation like that in the united states. >> reporter: there are six reactors at the site. in unit 1 an explosion destroyed part of an outer building. in unit 2 there may have been an explosion rupturing the containment facility and possibly letting radioactive fuel escape. unit 3 was the target of today's water drops. it too had an explosion of the outer building and it also has exposed fuel rods. unit 4 was shut down for maintenance when the earthquake struck, but it became the subject of a controversy when the head of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission said its stored fuel rods were totally exposed. units 5 and 6, which are also out of service, may also have problems with their used fuel rods. experts say unit 3 is especially dangerous, because it has recycled fuel that contains plutonium, an even greater health threat than the uranium in the oar reactors. the first of that electricity, brian, will go to unit 2. un
the u.s. will now lead military action to stop gadhafi's brutal crackdown. and in japan, the nuclear crisis goes up a notch, increased to a higher alert level. what will it take to cool down those reactors and prevent a nuclear meltdown. our teams are on the ground across the world and "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewer in the west tonight. tonight we have to take you on something of a tour of the world to cover the overwhelming amount of news going on. and while we have been focused on the disaster in japan, where the nuclear alert level actually went up a notch today, while it's been going on for exactly a week tonight, instead we must begin tonight back in libya. today president obama announced that on top of the twor wars we're fighting, the u.s. will now take the lead on possible military action in libya. the u.n. approved it last night. it started out as a no-fly zone but has grown into something perhaps bigger. a nato ultimatum of gadhafi of libya that the president says is non-negotiable. gadhafi d
>>> on the broadcast tonight, sending weapons. tonight the prospect of u.s. weapons in the hands of libya's rebel forces. the president says he won't rule it out, so our own richard engel goes inside those rebel forces for a closer look. >>> radiation fears. the nuclear crisis in japan has a lot of people asking could it happen here, and would warning systems work if it did? >>> price check. a new drug to help prevent premature babies, but at what cost for those who need it? >>> and the close call for an american president 30 years ago tonight. what we didn't know until now. >>> also here tonight, the first-ever view of a neighbor of ours. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. right about now during these past few days across our country, people are watching this unfolding situation in libya. the rebels versus gadhafi. americans have heard president obama defending the u.s. air campaign he ordered, sending our service members to fight a third concurrent conflict far from home. in our conversation with the president yesterday, h
at 6:00. >>> target libya, the first u.s. and coalition military strikes on gadhafi's forces are under way. >> we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells this people that there will be no mercy. >>> american cruise missiles and french fighter jets attack libyan targets. the broadest military effort since the invasion of iraq began eight years ago today. >> plus, disaster in japan, progress on the crippled nuclear reactor, but new concerns about the safety of food in that country. >> from nbc news world head quarters in new york, this is "nbc news with lester holt". >> good evening u.s. war ships opened fire on libya's air defenses tonight. part of protecting libyan civilians from moammar gadhafi. following air strikes by french fighter jets, u.s. and british naval vessels launched 110 tomahawk cruise missiles aimed at 20 tar guess along libyan's coast. president obama stressed it would not involve u.s. ground troops. the strike comes two days after the u.n. security council okayed the establishment of a no fly zone over libya. we have all fronts covered. we want to start with jim mace
>>> target libya, the first u.s. and coalition military strikes an forces are underway. >> we cannot stand i'dly by when he tells his people there will be no mercy. >> cruise missiles attack libyan targets. the broadest military effort since the invasion of iraq began today. >> plus, disaster in japan, progress on the nuclear reactor, but concerns on food in that country. >> from nbc news orld heworld h quarters in new york, this is nbc news with lester holt. >> protecting civilians from moammar gadhafi. u.s. and british naval vessels launched 110 tomahawk vessels along libya's coast. confirming the start that president obama stressed it would not involve ground troops. why want to start in the libyan capitol with jim messeda. >> reporter: lester, what unfolded in libya today wasn't plausible days ago. late this afternoon jets took off, destination benghazi, libya. 110 cruise miz ills hitting 120 defense miz ills. later today, punched through defenses intense fighting killing many civilians. the violence too much for many who fled in their cars heading east. their hopes of get
, not only in the u.s. but throughout asia, africa, and south america that are all contributing to higher crude oil prices and consequently higher gasoline prices at the pump. >> reporter: those higher gas prices came as many were starting to feel better about the economy, but now any extra cash may be going right into the the tank. >> i think it's crazy. >> reporter: jason king spends $40 more a month on gas. >> pretty soon i'm going to have to start thinking about riding a bike or other means of transportation, definitely. >> reporter: in fact, those skyrocketing prices have some giving up the road for the rails. metro use in los angeles, up 10%. and across the country commuters are using the latest technology, smartphone apps and social media, to find the cheapest gas, anything to save a buck. >> everybody i know is trying to carpool and fill up the car as much as possible. >> reporter: gas prices hit a high in february, but in the weeks ahead spring is when prices typically rise the most. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> and as we mentioned at the top of the newscast, the ob
, the dangers of u.s. military involvement, while already fighting two other wars, and the precedent this may set in other nations. and the fact that this may not go quite as the u.s. and nato have planned. notably, as you're about to hear, the president left open the possibility of arming the rebels who are in the fight against gadhafi in libya. and here now a portion of our conversation with the president at this time of high stakes overseas. the moment your speech ended last night, the associated press put out an item that read, president obama's speech was about defending the first war launched on his watch. how does it end? >> well, first of all, i think it's important to note that we've had two wars on my watch. one which we've wound down and we do not have combat operations in iraq any more. afghanistan, obviously, is still a tough fight. and that weighs heavily on me in making these decisions. but what was clear to me was we had a unique circumstance to save a lot of lives in this libyan situation. and that we had an international mandate to do it, and an international coalition that
of supporters in tripoli, vowing to be victorious in the end. the u.s. lost a jet there today, an older fighter jet, mechanical failure they say, and not a shootdown. both pilots are okay. but it could have ended much differently. and in the beginning stages still of this so far u.s.-led attack, a lot of people are wondering how this ends. we begin tonight with our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. jim, good evening? >> reporter: good evening, brian. for american air crews, this is about as tense as it gets. and it took more than 12 hours to safely recover both of the downed airmen. what's left of the american fighter jet was scattered across the libyan desert. the air force f-15 was on a bombing mission when it developed engine trouble. the two americans ejected as the plane went down. two marine harrier jets soon located the downed pilot not far from the wreckage, and he was flown to safety. in the process, marine officials say one of the jets dropped two bombs. another may have strafed the area with gunfire. six civilians were wounded but surprisingly bore no grudge against the americ
. the u.s. and many other countries continue to advise their citizens against nonessential travel to this country. >> lester holt, thanks. >>> we have more now on the fears about the radiation leaking out of the damaged nuclear plant. a big part of the story, and the fear is the weather specifically, where and how the winds are blowing. these concerns are two fold. number one, surface winds, which could be very bad news in japan. number two, upper level winds coming across the pacific as they do every day toward the u.s. west coast. brian norcross is at the weather channel standing by with all of it, brian, good evening. >> first of all, the surface winds did switch as bob bazell said from the north today, that would be in the direction of tokyo. the good news is, it's going to switch quickly to come out of the northwest, that's going to push this plume offshore. really, the amounts of concentration that would move very far from the plant do not look to be a concern here at all. going on into the weekend, the pattern gets very light, and we don't think in that case that anything w
mass evacuations of their citizens from northeast japan. in the meantime, the u.s. and many other countries continue to advise their citizens against nonessential travel to this country, brian? >>> now more on the fears of the radiation leaking out of that damaged nuclear plant. a big part of the story, and the fear is the weather specifically, where and how the winds are blowing. the concerns are two-fold. surface winds, which could be very bad news locally in japan. and upper level winds, as they do every day, coming across the pacific toward the u.s. west coast. meteorologist bryan norcross at the weather channel standing by with all of it. bryan, good evening. >> good evening, brian. yes, the winds switched around to the north today, in the direction of tokyo. but they were light. that happened today, the good news is, the next couple days, winds are going to come in from the northwest. and anything that gets released from those plants is going to be blown offshore. late in the week, into the weekend the weather pattern changes and the winds become very light. it looks like at
>>> on the broadcast here tonight, make get case for u.s. military action in libya. tonight the president addresses the nation as the rebels make their biggest push yet into gadhafi territory. >>> radiation continues to turn up in trace amounts here, and of course it's a full-blown crisis in japan. >>> walmart and women. a case hded to the supreme court this week that could impact all women in the u.s. workforce. >>> and making a difference so kids of active duty americans don't have to put their favorite sport on ice. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. president obama addressed the nation tonight, a speech delivered before a live audience. as the associated press put it, defending the first war launched on his watch. the president said the u.s. acted by launching those air strikes nine days ago to prevent a massacre of the libyan people by moammar gadhafi. he said gadhafi is not a target and that the u.s. is acting as part of this coalition to protect civilians. he talked about the uses and limits of military power while he is president and said there will be time
things at the funerals of u.s. military. is that free speech? there was a big supreme court ruling today. >>> fighting back. gadhafi's fierce new pushback against his own people. as other dictators fall, how does he survive? >>> whose side are you on in the showdown over unions and collective bargaining? tonight we'll show you what people say in our new poll. >>> the secret lives of animals. did you ever wonder what they're all up to when nobody's watching? now we know. >>> and the surprise appearance today to unveil the next big thing. today to unveil the next big thing. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. they go to the funerals of americans who have been killed in action in iraq and afghanistan and they hold up signs saying things like, "thank god for dead soldiers," "god hates you," and "it's too late to pray," and they do this in the name of religion. of course, what they do is an insult to religion. they are the members of the westboro baptist church in kansas and they are the last thing a grief-stricken parent wants to see, bu
of the largest ever measured, and it triggers a massive tsunami all the way to the u.s. tonight we're watching the rising death toll. a nuclear plant in trouble. the aftershocks continue. the world is watching japan and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the nation of japan has suffered a clausal historic earthquake that has caused massive damage, massive loss of life and sent ocean waters racing over land. the earthquake was 8.9 and struck at 2:46 p.m., centered 78 miles offshore. while tokyo swayed and shook and bounced for minutes on end, sending millions to shelter, sendai was the closest population center and it's been devastated. the loss of life officially so far in the hundreds will almost certainly be in the thousands as thousands are missing. the quake then triggered a tsunami, water upwards of 30 feet high that swamped the japanese shoreline, moving faster than people or cars could outrun it. then it headed out east across the pacific ocean, traveling at times at the speed of a jet airliner. the original quake was big enough to m
disagreement between the u.s. and the japanese, let's look at what the head of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission said today to congress about one of those fukushima reactors. >> we believe that secondary containment has been destroyed and there is no water in the spent fuel pool. and we believe that radiation levels are extremely high. >> in other words, the americans saying that it's worse than japanese officials have let on. all of this leads us to a chief environmental affairs correspondent, anne thompson. anne, we thought something was up when the americans wanted their people further away from it than the japanese standard earlier today. what's behind this apparent disagreement? >> reporter: well, brian, it's a crisis in the confidence of the information they are getting from the japanese government. in fact tonight tokyo electric power company is denying that that spent fuel pool is indeed dry. it says that everything is stable at reactor 4. and you have the head of public affairs for the nrc, the nuclear regulatory commission, who's trying to walk back some of mr. jaczco's comm
's desperate efforts to hold on. and what the pentagon is saying tonight about u.s. intervention. >>> a new health warning tonight. it's about hpv and men. some new numbers, both surprising and disturbing. >>> america at the crossroads, what skills are folks going to need in this economy, and how to get them. tom brokaw with tonight's report. >>> "making a difference" for young superheroes. using the power of fun to help build strong minds. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the white house reported some new numbers today about women in this country. and while in many ways women continue to pass men by, an old problem is just as bad, just as serious, and it continues to hold women back economically. while female students were something of a novelty at some colleges and universities just two, three generations ago, they're now the majority on campus. but then comes the problem, the pay gap in the workplace, and that hasn't changed. it's where we begin tonight with nbc news white house correspondent savannah guthrie. savannah, good eveni
of an air assault on libya. really the third front the u.s. is fighting on these days. it was launched by president obama to protect civilians, he said, because gadhafi's forces were bearing down on the rebels' headquarter city of benghazi. but all those cruise missiles and bombs still haven't stopped the ground fighting. the rebels were under heavy fire today about 100 miles to the south of benghazi. and as you're about to see, our own chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, was with them and got about as close as you'd ever want to. richard is back safely in benghazi tonight and is with us from there tonight. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the rebels have the will, they have the numbers, but they don't have the equipment or the discipline to take on gadhafi's forces where they're dug in, as we saw for ourselves firsthand today. the road outside benghazi today is a graveyard of gadhafi's armored vehicles, destroyed by western air strikes. after an hour and a half driving south flanked by desert, we reached the rebels' front line. there are no trenches or
obama prepares to make the case for sending the u.s. military to work in libya. >>> walmart and women, a case headed to thsupreme court this week that could impact all women in the u.s. workforce. >>> and making a difference, so kids of active duty americans don't have to put their favorite sport on ice. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. tonight as japan deals with a simmering and some say worsening crisis over nuclear radiation, it's some measure of how big it is when you consider the following. trace amounts of radiation have now been detected in the air and in the rain as far east in this country as pittsburgh, p.a. and the commonwealth of massachusetts. and even though it's a minute, neglible amount being detected, the health commissioner in massachusetts felt the need to reassure people nonetheless. >> i want to emphasize that the sampling results indicate no risk to the state drinking water supplies. the drinking water supply in massachusetts is unaffected by this short-term slight elevation in radiation. >> and now to the
, now there's a full scale nuclear scare, and it's deepening. tonight the u.s. is being asked for more help. our team is on the ground and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewers out west tonight. we have all the very latest for you on the disaster in japan. it started with a freak of nature, the fifth largest earthquake ever recorded on the planet, but then right then as the rubble settled and the buildings stopped swaying, the water came ashore. the tsunami in japan killed thousands. in some parts of some towns, there's no remaining evidence that anyone ever lived there. and now tonight the crisis has taken yet another turn, and we are covering a full-blown nuclear scare in japan. there are 17 nuclear power plants across japan, 54 nuclear reactors, but one plant in particular is in trouble. it's the fukushima plant, and if you've seen the pictures of it over this past weekend, there was one explosion in one building on saturday, another just yesterday and now a third reactor is in trouble at that same facility.
allows the u.s. to take a lower profile, at a time president obama is facing criticism about the decision to intervene in the first place. tomorrow, he will defend that decision in an early evening address to the american people. we'll begin our coverage in benghazi with richard engel. what's the latest in there? >> reporter: good evening, lester. rebels made rapid advances. mostly they followed a path of destruction created by western air strikes. there was no resistance. western air strikes have been more devastating than the rebels expected, obliterating dozens of gadhafi tanks and armored personnel carriers. craters show how strong the air strikes were in. some of the tanks were even melted. air strikes opened a corridor the rebels are simply driving through, meeting no resistance. roads that were controlled by gadhafi's trooped only yesterday are now crowded with civilians returning home. rebels direct traffic and take away tanks that can be salvaged. in this town seized by rebels today and where people play on gadhafi's anti-aircraft guns, we saw signs that gadhafi's forces beat a q
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